Idol Headlines for 05/25/09

Scott MacIntyre On Nixed ‹American Idol Finale Duet With Matt Giraud: ‹Perhaps Tatiana & Bikini Girl Were More Important After All

Former …American Idol hopeful Scott MacIntyre ‘ who finished in 8th place on the FOX reality competition ‘ is not happy his planned duet with fellow contestant Matt Giraud was scrapped just hours before Wednesday finale.

…Out of the blue about 9:30 AM [we] found out the duet had been cut and the decision was final. Needless to say, I was shocked. ‹American Idol had originally invited Billy Joel himself to perform with us, but he was unable to make it in the end; and because our duet was the only duet not involving another celebrity, it was the first thing to be cut when the show was condensed,

A rep for Billy Joel said the piano man …was never offered to duet with Scott, despite MacIntyre blog post. She added that Billy Joel also …never agreed to appear on ‹Idol.ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Access Hollywood

‹Idol Strives to Sustain Its High Note

LOS ANGELES ‘  The confetti had not yet stopped falling in the Nokia Theater here on Wednesday night when the conspiracy theories began to emerge: The producers of …American Idol wanted Kris Allen to win. The vote was rigged. Fox was determined to have a fresh-faced, heartland-appropriate, eyelinerless Idol as the public face of the most popular series on television.

So too did the requiem begin for …American Idol. The ratings were the lowest in the show history for a finale, the headlines read. The experiment of adding a fourth judge was a failure, critics proclaimed. Simon Cowell may be leaving the show, spelling its doom.

NY Times

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The Week That Was

Simon Cowell didn’t get the ending he wanted, but American Idol sure did.

Watching Wednesday’s extravaganza at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles made that crystal clear. Kris Allen took home the Season 8 crown, but Idol achieved its main goal: getting Adam Lambert in the finale. Perceived to be the front-runner from the start, Adam actually faced an uphill battle all along. His polarizing style, the producers’ blantant favoritism and the judges’ effusive praise meant he didn’t stand a chance in a head-to-head matchup with Kris — or Danny Gokey or Allison Iraheta, had either of them ended up in the Top 2. Kris had been gaining momentum throughout the finals; Adam peaked weeks ago. Still, Adam’s considerable talent and passionate fan base carried him to the finale. And as it turned out, Idol got to showcase two incredibly gifted but completely different artists.

Augusta.com

‘American Idol’ champ Kris Allen wants Grammys, but will he get them?

After pulling off a shockeroo upset on “American Idol” over Adam Lambert, Kris Allen said, “The only thing I want to do is to be respected in the music industry and my music be respected. Whether that means selling albums or winning Grammys or just people liking your music ‘  that’s all I really want to do.”

So far, only two of “American Idol’s” eight champs have grabbed Grammys. Carrie Underwood won one of that award’s four highest honors ‘  best new artist (she’s the only “Idol” contestant ever nominated in that race) ‘  plus three trophies in the country categories. Kelly Clarkson has won two in the pop field.

Among “Idol” losers, seventh-place contestant Jennifer Hudson won a Grammy in February for best R&B album for her eponymous disc. Of course, she also has an Oscar, Golden Globes and slew of other golden statuettes.

LA Times

Kris Allen — Name That Thong

What a difference a few months makes — now Kris Allen is your “American Idol, ” but last year he was just a guy from Arkansas asking for a pink thong.

TMZ dug up Kris and his wife Katy’s online Target wedding registry, and hidden among the saucepans and the cutlery sets is a request for one pink thong — an “angel pink mesh” thong to be exact.

Looks like the plan paid off — they only requested one, but were given two.

TMZ

Danny Gokey comes home to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey has returned home to Milwaukee.

He’s putting on a free event at the Riverside Theater Tuesday evening.

Gokey is expected to thank the Milwaukee community for its support, share his “Idol” experiences and answer questions from fans. The former church music director is also expected to share his vision for Sophia’s Heart Foundation, which he started after his wife Sophia died last summer.

Members of his church choir, including friend and former “American Idol” contestant Jamar Rogers will perform.

Chicago Tribune

David Archuleta Greets David Cook At The ‹Idol Finale

J-14 captured David Archuleta on the red carpet of Wednesday night ‹American Idol finale, where he ran into fellow season seven alum David Cook. Watch via the mag YouTube channel below.

Popdirt

Cooking up a storm

MANILA – It has been almost a year since David Cook was crowned as American Idol’s Season 7 winner. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, from breaking Billboard Chart records to serenading millions of fans here in Asia with his recent sell-out concert in Manila.

The popular American Idol series which has been credited for unearthing wannabe singers and creating a launching pad for their music career has given Cook a platform to get his life in place.

Channel News Asia

Talkin’ Tonys with Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis lost “American Idol” during the fourth season, landing in sixth place, but he now has the chance to win a Tony Award on June 7. Maroulis will compete in the race for best musical actor for his role in “Rock of Ages.” He’s up against Gavin Creel (“Hair”), Brian d’Arcy James (“Shrek: The Musical”), J. Robert Spencer (“Next to Normal”) and the three performers (David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish) who alternate in the lead role in “Billy Elliot.”

“Rock of Ages” is set in a Hollywood rock club in the late 1980s and features hit songs from Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and others. It premiered at the Vanguard Hollywood in January 2006 and later found its way to off-Broadway last October. It opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March.

LA Times

Nigel Lythgoe: Sorry for “Stupid” Comments Against Same-Sex Dance Pair

Nigel Lythgoe has apologized to GLAAD and his Twitter followers after making comments against a same-sex dance pair on Thursday night’s So You Think You Can Dance premiere.

The judge sparked outrage — including a boycott campaign from GLAAD — after he told male partners Misha Belfer and Mitchel Kibel: “I think you will probably alienate a lot of our audience. I mean, we’ve always had the guys dance together on the show, but they’ve never really done it in each other’s arms before.”

US

Stars are giving back to wounded war heroes

Singers Vince Gill and Amy Grant are giving back in a big way. The country couple will host a star-studded event to benefit wounded veterans.

The concert, which takes place June 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., marks the launch of Challenge America, a national initiative to support new and existing programs for disabled veterans.

”What they want is to return to normalcy, and that involves three things: a job, a home and an ability to recreate with your family, ” Grant told People.com about U.S. servicemen who are returning home from war.

‘There’s nothing about a job that goes, `Woohoo!’ But you get a young man who comes home totally different, and you give him some kind of freedom through sports and he goes, ‘I can find myself again. It’s different, but I can rebuild a life.’ ” Grant and her hubby will be joined onstage by Melinda Doolittle, Darius Rucker, Michael McDonald and Allison Krauss.

Miami Herald

Payoff Over a Web Sensation Is Elusive

Susan Boyle, the frumpy Scotswoman who became a worldwide singing sensation last month, may wind up as the winner this week of …Britain Got Talent, the hit ITV show.

After a six-week absence, she returned on Sunday night to sing …Memory from the musical …Cats, wowing the crowd and advancing to Saturday finale. The producers immediately posted her performance on the Internet for the rest of the world to see.

She has already won a popularity contest on YouTube, where videos of her performances in April have been viewed an astounding 220 million times.

New York Times

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